Rigatoni and Cheese

Total Time:
1 hr 25 min
25 min
1 hr

2 servings

  • Stuffing:
  • 3 1/2 ounces diced bacon
  • 1 ounce diced shallots
  • 51/2 ounces diced porcini mushrooms
  • 6 ounces chicken stock
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 ounces butter
  • 3 tablespoons bread crumbs, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley leaves
  • 8 rigatoni shells
  • 1 tablespoon truffle shavings
  • Parmesan cheese, as needed
  • Mornay Sauce:
  • 2 cups milk, scalded
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons blonde roux, recipe follows
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 ounces aged cheddar, grated

In a saute pan, sweat the bacon to render the fat. Remove the bacon from the pan, then add the shallots to the fat to cook. When tender, add the porcini and cook 5 minutes. Add the bacon back in the pan. Add the chicken stock a little at a time. Season with salt and pepper and add butter. Cook until thick, about 3 minutes. Toss in bread crumbs and parsley and remove from heat. Check seasoning.

To make the Mornay:

Begin by scalding the milk. Turn heat to low and slowly whisk in the roux. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes over low heat. Season with salt and pepper and add grated cheese. Reserve sauce in baine marie.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

To make the rigatoni, begin by cooking the rigatoni in well-salted water for 5 minutes. Shock quickly in ice water. Remove from ice water and keep tightly covered until ready to use. When the stuffing has cooled, put it in a piping bag and fill rigatoni, pressing ends clean.

Place 4 rigatoni on a tray and spoon the sauce over to completely cover the pasta. Sprinkle with a little fresh bread crumbs and grated Parmesan. Bake for 5 minutes. Finish under broiler, if necessary.

Plate on the cooking tray. Garnish with truffle shavings and Parmesan cheese.

Blonde Roux:

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Melt the butter in a small pan. Whisk in the flour. Cook until the mixture bubbles. Remove from the heat.

Professional Recipe: This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional and makes a large quantity. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe in the proportions indicated and therefore cannot make any representation as to the results.

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